Rosie's blog. A period of change. July 20, 2017 13:35
Following on from my blog last week, I think I will stick to sustainable hygiene. Let’s talk about a woman’s monthly cycle. A woman in her average lifetime will use over 10,000 menstrual products. Most of these will contain harmful chemicals, synthetic materials which can enter the body as these products sit close to or in the body itself. They also cause unknown environmental damage due to plastics and manufacture. Ocean Conservancy volunteers collected 27,938 used tampons and applicators on our world’s beaches on a single day (International Coastal Cleanup, 2013).
Here at Organic Bliss we also strive to undo the negative cultural conditioning placed on women regarding their period. Society has us believing that it is unclean, unattractive and downright taboo.
We have several alternatives for women to reclaim their cycle and make positive choices for the environment and their health.
Firstly, we have washable cloth pads. These beauties come in differing sizes and absorbency's for differing flows. We also have single pads or a full cycle pack to take you right through month after month (no dashing to the shops!). Made of cotton or ultra absorbent bamboo, they are wonderfully soft and comfortable to wear. These can be used at night, in the daytime and on heavy or light days, they are fantastic. Eco Femme are just one of the brands we stock. They are ethically handmade by women in India and are a women's empowerment initiative.
Then there are cups, we sell assorted brands of cup and some brands are more flexible and softer than others but each is similar in its function of sitting in the vagina and catching the blood. At the end of the day, remove and clean (you can wear for 12 hrs+). A menstrual cup can last some woman years, so no running to the shops monthly, or panicking during each cycle as it always available.
In addition, sea sponges can also be used! I'll bet you didn’t see that one coming! Cut into the shape you desire, pop it in and it acts like a tampon, except fully reusable for about a year, fully biodegradable and natural.
Lastly, we also stock organic chemical free tampons and pads, remember these are not reusable, but better for us all than their more lavishly marketed competitors.
We can empower ourselves to make sustainable choices, for our planet and our health. This is how we can Tread Softly!
Rosie's Blog - July 11th July 11, 2017 11:02
As a mother of three and a novice in the world of sustainability, I was fascinated by some of the products in Organic Bliss. In this blog I will be taking you through my favourite products and why I am going to start including them into my own lifestyle.
Baby sea sponges instantly caught my eye when I began. They look like an extra from Planet Earth and I was intrigued. In wonderful yellow and brown shades (they undergo a natural oxygen bleaching process) the sponges have an almost honeycomb look. Supplied by Beaming Baby they are natural sea sponges grown organically and harvested by hand around the Greek islands. The divers are only cutting what they need and leave adequate sponge left to grow and be re-harvested again in the future. Through careful diving practices and crop rotation the sponges are encouraged to grow and flourish.
Upon opening you can feel how wonderfully soft and natural they are in stark contrast to the plastic synthetic sponges sold in shops. Perfect for new-born skin, kids and adults alike, we all want the best for our skin which is of course our biggest organ.
Once wet they become even softer and expand to create a wonderful feel in the hand, easy to clean and dry naturally in the air. ‘Sea sponges are more durable and last longer than synthetic sponges because they are more resistant to abrasion’ (from their website).
You won’t be disappointed by the luxurious feeling this simple item gives. Available now from Organic Bliss with a 10% discount during July - simply follow this link and enter "Sponge10" when you check out, or quote in-store!
Welcome Rosie! July 04, 2017 14:04
Organic Bliss welcomed Rosie to the team this week! The mum of three, who lives in Romsey, will be working on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with co-owner Rose. Rosie, who has previously worked as a primary school teacher and with Greenpeace, said "Organic Bliss has a lovely friendly atmosphere, and I am really excited to be working here!"
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